Friday, 22 January 2010

spinning...





so

today i had my very first spinning lesson...

dear me it is tricky...

i need to forget what my foot is doing and concentrate on feeding the fleece through, at the moment it is going through in thick clumps rather than a fine string... but i am getting better

the poor soul who has agreed to teach me was so patient, kind and encouraging and her passion for spinning, sheep and natural yarns was a complete inspiration - i am so lucky that she is willing to give her time and talent to me :)

the downside is that i already have a list of sheep breeds that i simply *must* have... suddenly i look out of the window and see walking balls of delicious yarn rather than sheep!

as Stephen pointed out in order to have more sheep we will have to move to somewhere with more land ... ... i responded that i was off to pack my bags....
he suggested i waited until i found out if i could actually master the art of spinning before the removals lorry arrived...

he has a point

i have no pictures to offer you so that you could snigger at my attempts at spinning (fear not i too am sniggering), as it was almost dark before our spinning pals left - i will take some in the morning...

this is my dear sweet talulla who watched with fascination at my attempts at turning smelly fleece in to lumpy yarn...




shame the others were not as well behaved...
as soon as my back was turned they had dragged the sheep fleece from the table and between them proceeded to dance around the room with it - upon my return it looked as if a murder had taken place...

the hounds just looked at me and shrugged - what did i expect them to do... how often does a sheep come inside the house - oh joyous day!

t x

6 comments:

Miss Pickering said...

If I took
Talulla off your hands you could have another sheep? The hound is in the market for a companion and she floats his boat! I assume from the spinning lesson you managed to put all those pieces together? I am impressed. Have a great weekend. X

BERTIE x said...

Hello Tracy, good for you - learning a new skill, keeping the craft alive. Looking forward to see your spinning endeavours.

Bertie x

periwinkle said...

oh my , good for you on your attempts at spinning but sorry, I did have a small chuckle at the thought of moving to get different sheep as that so sounds like something I would do too and the naughty pups with the fleece,,

Minnie said...

I was lucky enough to get a spinning wheel off Freecycle:o) I had a go at a home ed group and it is tricky to start with. I just need some fleece to get going with now.. Don't know where to start re buying some. I want nice and soft not rough and itchy fleec. I'd love to delve into the art of natural dyeing, too. Woad is no 1 fave to start with. Pity it takes so long to grow before you can harvest it for the colour. Just as well, I suppose. Will take me that long to master the spinning bit!

Fran├žoise said...

Another approach would be to set up an exchange partnership with owners of other breeds. Saves you all the need to diversify your flocks;-)
fran├žoise

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

Missed this yesterday but love it! Keep it up - I'm sure you'll be a master spinner soon!

Sue xx